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Región de Arica y Parinacota

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  • Day15

    Chilean highlands

    January 18, 2018 in Chile ⋅

    It took a little convincing from Jeff, but we took an excursion into the Chilean Highlands yesterday. My hesitation came from the fact that it was a 3 hour ride each way to an elevation of 12,000 feet. Now come on, we’ve all seen those pictures of buses dropping off roads in South America, but I must admit that it was a pretty decent road. That certainly did not take away from the drama of the incredible landscape.
    This area of Chile is just south of the border from Peru and the Bolivian border is just to the east - Chile is skinny like a chili pepper! This region has a population density of 1 person per 30 square kilometers and that includes the city of Arica which is 160,000. In other words, it is pretty desolate. By the way, the second largest town is population 1,000. It is also the second driest populated place on earth at 1/2 millimeter of rain per year-that isn’t even what we would call a trace!
    In 1868, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the area killing 70,000 people. Between the earthquake and the ensuing 2 tsunami waves (the second one was 90’ high), the city was literally reduced to rubble, the waves then washing everything away, including any remaining foundations.
    We saw some fabulous geoglyths that are about 170’ tall and we’re done between 100BC and 1500AD. There is very little know about why they were done, but they have found around 17,000 of them throughout this region.
    As we were driving into the Andes mountains on a 2 lane road, passing other vehicles in our bus, our guide mentioned that they experience earthquakes here about once per week! It took everything I had not to ask if the last one was yesterday or a week ago.
    We drove through an incredibly dry valley that was followed by a more lush area that looked up at 2 snow-capped dormant Taapaca volcanoes. The town of Putre, founded in 1580, lies in a shallow valley at about here at 12,000’ of elevation. There’s not too much air to breathe here!
    We had a wonderful lunch at the Canta Verde which served Pebre which is the Chilean version of what we would call Pico de Gallo. Jeff enjoyed it more than everyone else and they brought him an additional plate of it! They use it as a condiment for soups, meat and bread. Also, I was searching for a bathroom and was excited to recall my high school Spanish class to say “Donde esta el bano?” What a thrill - I was speaking fluent Spanish!
    We have 2 sea days before arriving in Valparaiso, Chile for some Chilean wine-tasting. Our captain has informed us that the waves are building and there will be some “pitching and groaning” tomorrow. Never a dull moment!
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  • Day138

    Silvester am Meer

    January 1 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Wie der Titel schon verrät ging es für Silvester ans Meer.

    Da Bolivien allerdings außer ein paar Seen keine Küste besitzt mussten wir das Land verlassen. Gesagt getan, es ging los um 6 Uhr morgens am 27 Richtung Arica, Chile. Das ist von Cochabamba aus so ziemlich die Nächste Küstenstadt, oder zumindest die am schnellsten zu erreichende.
    Die Fahrt verlief soweit Ruhig, bis zur Grenze sind wir ca. 6h gefahren, dank Tito, der flott unterwegs war. And der Grenzstation dauerte es etwas länger, etwa 2h. Erst mussten alle aus Bolivien ausreisen, dann das Auto, danach wir in Chile einreisen, dann das Auto welches wie wir auch nochmal komplett wie am Flughafen überprüft wurde.

    Danach ging es in Chile erstmal durch Schnee auf knapp 4700m weiter durchs Altiplano (Übersetzt etwa "Hohe Ebene"). Kurze Zeit später sollte es aber auch schon wieder stetig Bergab gehen und so sind wir von weit über 4000m auf 0 runter.
    Beeindruckend ist die Landschaft auf dem Weg schon. Besonders als wir dem Meer nahe kamen, da man in ein Tal hineinfährt und unten ist es einfach komplett grün. Alles andere braun, nicht einmal Pflanzen, nur ganz unten in diesem einen Tal.

    Nach der Ankunft, wurde dann schnell etwas zu essen gesucht, da noch niemand etwas gegessen hatte. Unter Hotel ist direkt am Meer gelegen und es sind nur etwa 50m bis zum Strand :)

    Die nächsten Tage haben wir uns die echt schöne Küstenstadt mal angesehen und sind auch immer mal wieder in der Mall vorbei. Am 30. sind wir dann schließlich auch mal hoch auf den bekannten Felsen von Arica. Hier fand mal eine Schlacht zwischen Chile und Peru statt, Chile hat natürlich gewonnen.
    Heute ist hier ein Museum, eine Jesus Statue und eine mindestens 25m hohe Chile Flagge, welche über Kilometer hin zu sehen ist.

    Silvester an sich war nicht sonderlich spannend. Es wurde etwas zusammengesessen, gegessen geredet und getrunken, bis 0 Uhr.
    Dann wollten wir uns eigentlich das Feuerwerk ansehen, welches aber von diesem großen Felsen verdeckt wurde.

    Heute wurde erstmal lange ausgeschlafen und danach sind wir dann an den Hafen, wo wir eine kleine Rundfahrt mit einem kleinen Boot gemacht haben. Danah noch ein verspätetes Frühstück und jetzt bin ich hier im Hotel...
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  • Day151

    Ascension du Parinacota : 6300 mètres !

    October 11, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    C'est le jour J! Départ à 3h du matin... 1h30 de route jusqu'au point de départ. Au programme : 6h de montée pour 3 kms et 1200m de dénivelés (de 5100m aux fameux 6300m). On espère y arriver!

    Pour rendre les choses encore plus difficiles nous avançons sur du sable volcanique avec quelques endroits rocailleux tout de même... Sur le chemin nous passons également entre des "penitentes" (sorte de bloc de glace de 30cm mais qui peuvent atteindre 2m au mois de Juin). Ils donnent au paysage un relief magnifique! Et tout au long de la montée nous avons un paysage superbe avec le Pomerape (montagne d'à côté), le Sajama au loin, la vallée chilienne d'un côté et les plaines boliviennes de l'autre.

    On attaque la rando avec notre guide Rodrigo à 5h à la frontale. Ça pèle mais on est bien équipés. Vers 6h on assiste au lever du soleil derrière la montagne Sajama, splendide! La montée se passe sans encombre jusqu'à 5800m, altitude à laquelle Greg commence à avoir un léger mal de tête. Passés les 6000m on se transforme en zombie : dur de trouver l'oxygène et chaque pas nous paraît impossible. A certains moments nous n'y croyons même plus... mais nous y voilà : le cratère à 6300m!!! On l'a fait!

    Mais c'est pas la grande forme : gros maux de tête et nausées pour tous les deux. Du coup on ne s'attarde pas là haut. Rodrigo nous conseille de vite redescendre pour calmer tout ça. On est tellement fatigués que même la descente sur le sable fin nous paraît compliquée. 1h30 et quelques chutes plus tard nous voilà enfin à la voiture avec Gary, le fils d'Ana et Mario, qui nous attend. Il nous faudra quelques heures pour être remis à 100% de cette aventure mais on est fiers de nous! On a réussi notre challenge!
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  • Day33

    Arica, Visviri - derniers jours au Chili

    December 8, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Nous ne devions passer qu'un jour à Arica, ville étape à la frontière du Pérou. Mais c'était sans compter sur notre belle rencontre avec Pablo, fondateur et dirigeant de Solartrust, entreprise chilienne développant et installant des projets solaires sur mesure. Le personnage est très sympathique, généreux et extrêmement soucieux du réchauffement climatique, se posant sans cesse la question de ce qu'il peut faire, à son échelle, pour changer cela. Une vraie bouffée d'optimisme nous envahit quand on discute avec lui, et c'est réconfortant de rencontrer à l'autre bout de la planète un tel passionné et préoccupé par notre monde. L'écologie traverse les frontières et nous concerne tous !

    Il nous amène sur un de ses chantiers, dans les montagnes à 3h de route, à la frontière entre Chili / Pérou / Bolivie. Les paysages y sont magnifiques et on se retrouve au milieu de centaines d'alpagas... c'est beaucoup trop mignons ces bêtes là ! Le projet solaire les concerne : les panneaux solaires doivent alimenter des machines pour les tondre et filer leur laine. Parce qu'en plus d'être craquants, ils sont super doux. Faut qu'on réfléchisse à en ramener à Bordeaux... ;)

    Autre projet visité le lundi avec Pablo : l'installation solaire sur un lycée public, avec toute une partie dédiée à la formation professionnelle dans le solaire. Dans ce pays où l'éducation est privatisée et hors de prix, les quelques collèges ou lycées public souffrent d'une très mauvaise réputation. Cela se révèle donc très symbolique d'y installer un programme pédagogique si innovant. Le monde n'est pas perdu on vous dit ! :)

    Si l'aspect visite de projets solaires vous intéresse, ce qui est le fil conducteur de notre voyage, on alimente une page dédiée ici :
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/success-2-energy

    C'est sur cette jolie rencontre teintée d'optimisme que nous quittons le Chili le lundi soir. Prochaine étape : Arequipa au Pérou !
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  • Day53

    Colcas

    November 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    A bit further in the valley, we stopped at the Colcas. These are underground holes that are were used to store grains and food items that the people from the valley used to get here to trade with the people from the highlands. They used holes in the ground lined with stones and them coated with clay. This used to work as a natural refrigerator and preserve the food for longer. One can still find preserved food items inside the Colcas.Read more

  • Day54

    Sunset at Chinchorro beach

    November 22, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We sat at the beach till the sunset. After that, we walked 2 kms back to our hostel.
    At the hostel we got wifi again and did some research on what options we could have. We found 2 more car rentals on Google maps. We decided to check them out the next morning. If the prices were fine, we would rent the vehicles immediately.
    We also found out that Iquique, about 350 kms from here had lot more car rentals so if we didn't find a good option at the 2 rental companies in Arica, we would take the bus to Iquique and try our luck there with the car rentals.
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  • Day53

    Back in Arica

    November 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We were back in Arica around 3 pm. After having our lunch, we went to the city to check out the car rental options.
    We checked with Europcar, they had very good prices but no vehicles available for another 3-4 days.
    The wickedcampers turned out be just a pickup and drop point. They informed us to check their website. The prices there were too high. By now, it was late in the evening so we couldn't check anywhere else and the tourism office too was closed by now. We just decided to hang around in the city center and have some cakes before returning back to the hostel.Read more

  • Day54

    At the Chinchorro beach

    November 22, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We walked the 2 kms from the town center to the Chinchorro beach. On the way, we passed the protected area for the turtles. We didn't see any turtles but saw 2 dead sea lion carcasses.
    At the beach, I sat out enjoying the waves and the soothing rhythm of the waves while Hristo decided to go for a swim.Read more

  • Day37

    Arica, Chile

    November 29, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    Arica, like many of the ports at which we have stopped in Chile, is an industrial container port. Here, we are told that the port was established by the Spanish in 1530 for imports and exports from Bolivia;it continues today as a freeport for Bolivia. We are only 18 km south of Peru .

    Arica has mild weather, year round so in the summer, it is a popular resort for Bolivians. There are palm trees, jacaranda, bougainvillea and oleander, as one might expect in a mild climate but everything depends on constant irrigation.

    Arica's main employers are Coca-Cola, mining, fishing and argriculture and many of its workers come from Peru and Bolivia on 7-day work visas. Each weekend they go home, re-apply for a 7-day visa and come back for the work week.

    Arica is a fairly non-descript town in a valley between the sea and the desert. Normally, 'valley' suggests a river and although Arica technically has a river, it only has water a few days a year. The town has 3 buildings designed by Gustave Eiffel and a pleasant square with a few craft vendors. The most memorable feature however, is a large sand and rock cliff with a massive Chilean flag on the top. The driest desert in the world surrounds Arica on 3 sides but there is surprisingly little dust or sand in the air.

    I took a tour to the archeological museum and an olive farm; the others went to the desert to see giant sculptures; they also visited the museum.

    My tour started at a small replica village with a church and a group of small houses which now serve as artisanal workshops. Unfortunately, it was a bit early for the artists but we wondered around in the sunshine and visited a lovely small Catholic church. A notable feature of the church is the hand-painted stations of the cross, done by indigenous artists.

    Second stop was the Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa (archeological museum) with its display of mummies. These mummies include 2 of the oldest mummies in the world. They are from the Chinchorro Indian civilization. These 8,000 year old mummies continue to be found around Arica as the community spreads. The display was very well done, if a bit unsettling.

    Our last stop was an olive farm to learn about agriculture in the valley. The first 30 olive vines were sent by the King of Spain to the rulers of Peru (who controlled this area at that time). Only one plant survived to be planted. From that single vine has grown a robust olive industry, totally dependent on drip irrigation and water from deep wells. The water for irrigation comes from a canal originating in the Andes. The farmers join co-operatives and 'buy' access to the water which is monitored and restricted to a few hours on specific days. Olive trees send deep roots (as deep as they are tall) which presumably helps them find sources of deep ground water to supplement the irrigation. The farm we visited grew three types of olives (green, black and mullato) which are brined in large vats for 1-2 years. The pickers are 7-day visa workers from Peru and Bolivia; a good worker can pick 400 kilograms a day and earn $40-50 USD per day.

    From 1500-1700s, Africans were brought to Chile by the Spaniards as slave labour and to replace the declining native population disseminated by disease, natural events (like tsunamis) and pirates. At one point, 90% of the population of the valley was of African descent so many of the current citizens trace their lineage back to Africa.

    The farm we visited also grew mangoes, guavas, papaya and limes. The trees were full of hummingbirds which made for a lovely stop. But the main crop in this area is the hard, pink tomato genetically modified for long-distance shipping. Perhaps some of tasteless winter tomatoes come from this valley!

    On our trip back to the ship, we saw some geoglyphs on the side of the hills which were surprisingly clear and easy to see.

    While some of our group really liked the strange, moon-like look and feel of the desert, I found the monochromatic landscape and the lack of green unsettling. To me the surrounding desert and the degree of effort required to keep it at bay, seemed unnatural. Our guide (whose other job is as a clinical psychologist) tells us that anxiety and depression are the main emotional complaints in the adult population; that did not surprise me.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Región de Arica y Parinacota, Region de Arica y Parinacota, Arica y Parinacota

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